—There are times when the end justifies the means. But when you build an argument based on a whole series of such times, you may find you've constructed an entire philosophy of evil.
White Blaze of Kirigakure
(霧隠れの白い炎, Kirigakure no Shiroihonoo)
Lightning of the Hidden Mist
|Home Country||Land of Water|
|Team||Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist|
|Academy Grad. Age||6 years old|
|Chūnin Prom. Age||7 years old|
|Jōnin Prom. Age||12 years old|
|Nature Type|| Lightning (Affinity)|
|Jutsu||Body Flame Technique|
Chakra Sensing Technique
Dead Soul Technique
Water Prison Technique
Water Release: Water Wave Palm
Water Release: Water Whip
Fire Release: Dragon Fire Technique
Fire Release: Flame Bullet
Fire Release: Flame Flower
Fire Release: Soaring Flame Bullet
Ten Heavenly Swords
Blades of Blood
Battōjutsu: Blades of Blood
Samurai Saber Technique
|Weapons||Kyō (凶; Literally "Plague")|
Raizen (雷禅, Raizen; Literally "Lightning Zen") is a highly skilled shinobi from Kirigakure and a member of the current generation of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist. Like all the members of the Seven Swordsmen, he is considered to be one of the strongest Jōnins in the village. Having trained as a samurai in the Land of Iron, he is a master swordsman with almost unmatched skills with the blade. Even though all the seven swordsmen in the group are exceptionally skilled and have monstrous abilities, Raizen has on more then one occasion been called a monster amongst monsters due to his great blood lust when he looses control. Due to his he has earned the moniker of the Crimson Samurai (真紅の侍, Shinku no Samurai). Due to his trademark white scarf and his expertise in fire and lightning based attacks, he has earned two monikers, the White Blaze of Kirigakure (霧隠れの白い炎, Kirigakure no Shiroihonoo) and the Lightning of the Hidden Mist (霧隠れの稲妻, Kirigakure no Inazuma).
Raizen is a calm, collected and thoughtful person who rarely looses his temper and is almost always smiling. He has a kind heart and is known to put his all into any enterprise that he starts. He is known to be slightly lazy at times and is slow to get interested in any activity. But when aroused he will put his entire heart and soul into the task at hand until he is convinced that he has done everything within his limits to accomplish the task. Though he is kind, he is blunt while speaking to people and will often speak out out other people's weaknesses and delusions irrespective of how much that might disturb or hurt them. He believes that by doing so he is giving them the opportunity to improve themselves and is showing greater kindness to them than by lying to them. He believes that by letting them live a lie you can only grant them temporary happiness and as soon as the bubbles of their delusions break their happiness will be gone. On the other hand telling them the truth will cause them some grief now but will grant them greater happiness and satisfaction in the long run. At the same time it will also make them stronger.
Raizen is a great follower of justice and honor. He is of the belief that if a person throws away their honor then he or she is living but a half and empty life. Its his belief that a person's honor will always allow them to live with their heads held high and this will provide them with a strength to overcome any kind of hardship that life throws their way. He also believes that one kind act must be repaid by another. Thus he believes that a person must always fulfill their debts to another no matter how that debt was earned in the first place. Thus even if an enemy lets you live for another day, whether this be out of kindness, pity or simply orders, one should show that enemy a similar kindness when given the chance.
It's his staunch belief that a person should treat others in the same way he expects to be treated by them. Because of this he always tries to be helpful to the people around him and provide any aid that he can. Even if the person may never repay his kindness or might not even be aware of his aid, he will always try to help them. This is due to his belief that ever kind act ever will some day come back to them.
Taro is a tall, lean and lanky man with striking blue eyes, fair skin and long black hair which he ties behind his head with a single piece of cloth. He is normally dressed in a white shitagi, a black kosode, a black hakama, a white hakama-himo, white tabi, and waraji. He also always sports a white scarf around his neck. The scarf is made from the silver-white, windflower light silk and was a family heirloom of his dead master who gave it to Raizen on his deathbed. His two katana are kept tucked into the sash wrapped around his waist.
Since returning from his time among the Samurai he has started wearing a blue colored haori above his clothes. The haori is plane and completely unadorned except for triangular patterns in white on the sleeves and edges.
Battle of the Bloody MistEdit
Seven Swordsmen of the MistEdit
Raizen is a highly well respected shinobi from Kirigakure and is recognized as one of the foremost kenjutsu specialists in Kiri, due to his mastery of numerous sword techniques, a feat that earns either delight or dread from enemy ninja who face him in combat. His skill and cunning are great enough to enable him to hold his own against almost any opponent.
Raizen is a master swordsman, being able to use one or two swords in varying attack styles, going from melee-type all the way to artillery. He is in possession of the legendary samurai blade Kyō (凶; Literally "Plague") which is one of the most destructively powerful blades in the world. Its fame is not due to any special ability that it has, but rather due to its immense durability and unnatural sharpness. It was made from a special alloy that was found in a meteor that fell in Raizen's village a long time ago. As such it is extremely hard and almost impossible to break. It is very durable and can endure even the strongest of attacks, making it quite effective in blocking and deflecting incoming attacks; it can even withstand getting crushed by force. He is graceful enough with the blade to knock projectiles and change their course with little effort and at great speed.
Although Raizen is most comfortable with one sword, his skills with two swords are very good, being able to hold off Kori Shishido, the jinchūriki of the Five-Tailed Dolphin Horse and a very skilled swordsman himself, with apparent ease. Some of his sword techniques use air itself to hurt the enemy. He is graceful enough with the blade to knock projectiles and change their course with little effort and at great speed.
He can attack enemies with powerful slashes made of a huge streams of chakra mixed with compressed air like they were giant projectiles. Such attacks are based on his mastery of battōjutsu, the art where drawing of the blade is the same motion used for the attack. When used in tandem with his shukuchi, his draw speed is so great that he can defeat most adversaries in a single draw of his sword. The combined momentum of his high speed movements along with the slipstreaming effect of his drawing blade are so great that most opponents can get knocked out in one strike. Raizen also uses the sheath of his sword to attack his opponents or to block attacks.
Raizen is relatively well-versed in a variety of ninjutsu types, having numerous defensive and offensive abilities in his arsenal. He tends to master a jutsu and then work on it to improve or expand its limits so that it it becomes much more potent then it previously was. He is also very good at improvisation and often comes up with unorthodox but highly effective ways to use jutsus. He is very good at analyzing his opponents and comes up with a counter strategy to fight in the most efficient manner. Raizen is very intuitive in his ninjutsu usage and will use a technique, even if it is not the logical choice, if he feels that it can get the job done. He often combines his ninjutsu with his kenjutsu to create an highly potent form of combat that few can counter. However, he was not a very skilled genjutsu user.
Raizen has mastered a rather unique ability of his own called the Shukuchi (Literally "Reduced Earth") which allows him to execute a form of short and long-range teleportation. By focusing his chakra on his feet and firing up his neurons by releasing bursts of electric charge into them, he is able to move so fast that he can temporarily bend the space-time continuum and travel from one point to another almost instantaneously. Unlike normal Jikūkan Ninjutsu such as Minato Namikaze's Flying Thunder God Technique or standard summoning techniques which warp the targets through a dimensional void to the summoner's location, Raizen's shukuchi actually bends the space time continuum to slow time around him. Thus he speeds up his movements to such a degree that he can achieve speeds which enter relativistic domains and as a result of time dilation that ensues he can seemingly achieve near instant transportation. As a result of his training to use and master the shukuchi, his normal speed has also increased to a great degree and granted him seemingly instantaneous reflexes.
Physical Prowess and TaijutsuEdit
Having trained for years to become a master swordsman, Raizen is in peak physical condition. He is very strong and has the raw physical power to hold out against opponents much larger and much more buffed up than him. Though he is not a taijutsu master like Sōsuke Yūhi he is not without skill in this field. His training to master the Shukuchi required him to greatly strengthen his leg muscles so that they could withstand the tremendous strain they would need to be put under to use the technique. As a result of this he was able to create a form of taijutsu that focuses on fending off enemy attacks with the arms and using the legs to counterattack with powerful kicks. This fighting style takes advantage of his exceptional footwork to execute quick, powerful attacks. When used in tandem with his shukuchi, it can create an exceedingly potent form of combat. This form can also be used in collaboration with kenjutsu to create an acrobatic form of combat where he jumps around the opponent to attack him with slashes from his sword and execute kicks while in the air.
Behind the Scenes Edit
- Raizen's appearance is based on Saitou Hajime from Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan.
- The quote is by Luke Skywalker from Betrayal.